Tackling COVID-19 through Social and Behavior Change Communication training for nurses: DOHe initiative

Tackling COVID-19 through Social and Behavior Change Communication training for nurse DoHe initiative

Dharamsala: The Department of Health, CTA has commenced Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) workshop for a total of 38 Tibetan nurses from various settlements on 23 January 2021. The workshop conducted virtually will conclude on 6 February. 

The purpose of the training is to deepen the knowledge and improve the skills of CCOCC nurses on SBCC in order to enhance their ability to motivate patients and community members to adopt and sustain healthy habits and behaviours.  

Especially in the era of COVID-19, the nurses play a central role in creating awareness of COVID appropriate behavior to protect and support community members from becoming a victim of COVID-19. This training will build specific SBCC skills to not only impart knowledge on COVID-19 but will address the specific barriers to adopt COVID appropriate behaviors to ensure the safety of community members.

The training is being conducted remotely by Susan Shulman from the US. Susan has 20 years of working experience in international public health with a focus on SBCC. She has been working with DoHe since 2019. Her support for the DoHe is a purely voluntary commitment to better the health education system in our community.

The topics covered in the sessions are:

  1. What really motivates people to take Actions?
  2. Communicating SUCCESsfully – how to make your messages sticky?
  3. Best practices for Group Activity
  4. OARS (Open-Ended Questions, Affirmation, Reflective Listening, Summarization) Group Facilitation Skills
  5. 1-on-1 Counseling Skills 
  6. Dealing with patient  

The training includes seven sessions; each extending to over 1.5 – 2 hours long. It also features interactive Q&A sessions and breakout rooms to enable greater engagement and participation. Each session is followed by pre and post questions through SurveyMonkey platforms to identify areas requiring more attention depending on the issues concerning Substance Abuse, Depression, Hep B Vaccination and Monitoring BP in their respective community. Till date, four sessions have been completed on a successful note.

The training is funded by USAID. 

SBCC training in session